Friday Photo: Look Again

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Diana Vreeland and Louise Dahl-Wolf prepare model Lisa Fonssagrives for her close-up in this 1947 Arthur Rothstein photograph, among the images from Look magazine on view through April 10 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Founded in 1937 by Gardner Cowles, Look magazine’s mission was to meet “the tremendous unfilled demand for extraordinary news and feature pictures.” The hefty lead times of the day—two to three months—took their toll on some of Look‘s news value (as when the bi-weekly published the results of an opinion poll on the 1964 presidential election three weeks after Kennedy’s assassination), but the photos always packed a punch. Des Moines-based Look was particularly enamored with New York City, as captured by photographers including Weegee and a young Stanley Kubrick. An exhibition on view at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) gorgeously reveals the extent of this fascination by showcasing highlights from the museum’s vast Look collection. Curated by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins, the show looks back at New York life from the mid-1940s until the early 1960s. Admire the trained dobermans once employed as Macy’s mascots and many other images at the MCNY through April 10 or in the pages of the accompanying book: Only in New York (Monacelli).